Season 2018/2019 shapes as a season of immense excitement with the unveiling of a very large brand-new scoreboard, re-laid practise wickets and a strong winter program that included the biggest and strongest Academy we’ve ever hosted!
Anthony McQuire has officially joined the ranks as our High Performance Coach and he is joined by Mark Stafford who will take care of the quick bowlers. Steve Reid & Brendan Joseland are continuing in their current roles in strength & conditioning & batting respectively. Elias Karageorgiou has extended his development role out following the success of the MUCC Academy to become a full-time assistant working closely with Anthony McQuire and myself.
From a player’s perspective, we are incredibly fortunate to have as many as 8 players involved in representative cricket starting with the Victorian Metro U/17 team which will include Lachie Melican, Max Hatzoglou and Mitch Domann. Noah Croes is involved with the U/19 Victorian Metro squad and Tom Rogers & Alex Gregory will work with the Future League Squad in the hope that higher honours are just around the corner. On top of this, Wes Agar continues to climb the fast bowling ranks in the state and has now made his Victorian debut in the JLT Cup series alongside Fawad Ahmed who continues to dominate world T20 cricket, most recently in the Caribbean Premier League.
All of this coupled with the strong retention of a list in 2017/2018 that finished 5th in the club championship creates strong internal competition for spots. The playing group is very determined to continue to grow, with a specific emphasis to bridge the gap between the best and worst cricket we showcased last season.
So, it is with much excitement that we count down the days to Round 1 and I look forward to seeing some of the hard work completed over the last few months, but also the last few years, displayed in the best competition in Victoria.
All the Best!!!